Grandma used to cook her rice pudding on the stove top and while I’ve done it that way, I really like the convenience & fool-proofness of using a rice cooker for cooking the rice. If you cook your rice in the microwave, do it that way. However you’re most comfortable simply cooking the rice, do it your way.
One of our friends made the recipe exclusively using her microwave. The cook time for the pudding was about 7 or 8 minutes and came out a little dry. It's fine to use the microwave just remember to add a little more milk so it's not so dry. Thank you for the update J!
- 1.5 cups uncooked, medium grain rice (we have jasmine scented rice on hand and it works fine). Follow the cooking directions for amount of water and cooking time. Should double to make 3 cups of cooked rice.
- 1.5 cups milk (whole is preferred but you can use 2%)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1.5 tbsp custard powder (this is optional but gives it a lovely creaminess & golden colour)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup raisins, dried currants, dried cranberries, finely diced dates, apricots, etc.
- When it's cooked & still warm, spoon it into a large saucepan/pot. Large enough to hold about 6 or 8 quarts of cooked food. Now you will want to add the ingredients into the rice.
- On a low heat, slowly pour the milk into the rice and stir as you pour. Mix the sugar and custard powder together and slowly pour into the rice & milk. Stir for several minutes until it seems the sugar is well mixed and the "custard yellow" seems even throughout. Next add in the vanilla and beaten egg and stir constantly for a few minutes so the egg is well mixed in with no lumps or cooked pieces. It needs to be creamy.
- Once all of it has been stirred well together, add in your dried fruit and stir until they are well coated. Keep on a low heat (2 or 1.5 if using an electric cooktop, which is what we used for this). Keep checking back every few minutes as you don't want it to burn to the bottom and give it all a good stir. After about 20 minutes you will see the dried fruit has plumped up a bit and the whole batch has thickened. Once there is no more milk left that seems runny, spoon into 10 separate bowls or one larger one and set aside to cool. At this point you can top it with cinnamon & sugar, maple syrup, honey or nutmeg. Serve warm or chilled. If you're serving for a dinner party, this can be made a day ahead.
- Variations: At combining stage, instead of custard powder, add 1.5 tbsp of cocoa and replace the dried fruit with chocolate chips.
- You could use 1 tsp lemon or orange zest (or 4 tbsp orange marmalade) to give it a more summery attitude.
- If you wanted, you could also skip the dried fruit and simply top with fresh fruit of your choice. So many options, so versatile and so easy to make. We hope you and your family enjoy Grandma's Rice Pudding!
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